“Timeless Meter” May Be A Good Idea

Columbia Could Be First in Nation for Pilot Program

When I was walking to my car from Starbucks today, an idea popped into my head. Wonder if it would be a good idea to introduce a “Timeless Meter.” Hmmmmm…..

The plan would work sort of like the Forever Stamp at the Post Office; If the city of Columbia would agree to it, a resident could have the option to purchase a license plate from the DMV (or current tag w/ modification) at a rather high cost. If the DMV didn’t want to get involved, maybe the city could issue plastic hangers for the rear view mirror, so the meter man can easily identify the participant.

I’m sure there’s an equation that makes the venture advantageous to the city. I would think that some users would take full advantage of their investment, and some would almost forget it. The city would “bet” on the latter. It would probably end up being a huge cash cow, much like the warranty system works at Best Buy or Verizon where, half the folks don’t mail in the receipts to get their money back. At least, the citizens would have the option.

Anyway, I thought it was a fleeting thought worth mentioning. I’d bet that many of my friends would pay $500./year, to have the parking meter man walk by their car, without breaking a stride.

Walk for Life, Is Sort of a Big Deal

Columbia Shows Up, For A Cure. Pink Everywhere.
You know how you go to a family wedding or funeral, and say to a cousin, “It’s funny what brings us together. We only see each other at funerals, or weddings!” Well, the walk is sort of like that. It brings an enormous family together, to celebrate survivors and remember those that have been taken by the disease.
The First Ladies Walk for Life, is really something to see. Thousands from all walks of life, meet at Finlay Park on a fall Saturday morning for a common cause; To find a cure for one of this worlds awful diseases.
If you know me, you know I know breast cancer first hand. If you don’t know me, then believe me when I tell you that it absolutely sucks.
It’s a good feeling, to see all of these people come to The Walk. Companies, groups of friends, clubs, teams and individuals show up in some sort of pink, to stroll three miles through the streets of downtown Columbia. It’s a great symbol.
If you’ve never done it, you need to. It’s a fun way to get together, while reminding ourselves about the terrible disease that takes so many innocent, needed and loved women (and men).
Whoever you walk for, good for you….

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3 President System, Isn’t Working…

Hang On People! The Election is Almost Over.
Bush is still the President, but no one seems to care. It’s all about strategy right now. Terrible timing…

I’m gonna leave my “tectonic shift” speech at the door. I’m not going to type about some of my “complete overhaul” thoughts, about our government. This kind of talk isn’t going to do anything positive right now. It’s election time, and that’s all that matters out there.

All I can say today is, GET THIS ELECTION OVER WITH! Not only the presidential campaign, but every congressional race in the country. Our Representatives have re-election on the mind, and we apparently can’t get over this fact.

Another reason we need it to end, is so the talking heads on cable news (and network news), will stop this blame, blame, blame, blame, blame, blame game. If you know me, you know I love politics, but this stuff on t.v. and the ‘net, makes it hard to watch. News shows/corps, are building flippin‘ cults, for Pete’s sake.

We’re almost there, folks.

Number 5, Is USC’s Quarterback…

Let Dude, Do His Thing…

He’s not perfect, on or off the field. Having said this, Coach Spurrier should leave Garcia on the field for a while, and let him do his thing.

Garcia came off the bench, and went 13 / 20, for 131 yards. He threw for 1 TD, and 1 Int. He also ran for 86 yards for another TD.

The stats aren’t stellar, but they are at least something to work with. Garcia brings skills, and intangibles to the field. First, he has more zip on his ball than Smelley and Beecher. His balls just have more pop to ’em. Second, he has a knack to pushing the ball up the field, not just sideline to sideline. Third, he brings the crowd into the game. Whenever we see No. 5 run to the huddle, the crowd steps it up about 5 notches.

Leave him in, Coach. Let’s see if a little swagger, can lead to a few more touchdowns.

Stephen, don’t go down to 5 Points and screw it all up…

This Fella Needs Some Hug’Aays.

Raising Arizona Hits Home…At TarJey’

Not too long ago, this fella was caught at Target. The second this picture was sent to me, I thought of the fella with the pantie on his head, stealing Huggies.
In a few hours, my friend is going to have a little girl. With 9 months of conversation, evaluation and petrification, he’s ready.
Congratulations, dad. You’re gonna be great. We’re ready to put the “Golden Seed” in the baby seat, and head to the beach.
In case you forgot, we are on for golf at 10:25 on Saturday. We’re now playin’ for a box of Hug’Aays. 🙂

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Wales Garden Home Is For Sale

228 Wateree Ave. Hits The Market

This 4 bedroom/2.5 bath home, boast 3,000 sq. ft., in the middle of one of Columbia’s favorite (and quietest) streets.

The home has hardwoods and smooth ceilings throughout. The living areas downstairs are quite large, as the home sets up nicely for entertaining. A rare (for the area) open kitchen opens up to a ginormous great room/den, that features a tall, dramatic vaulted ceiling.

Other than a Wateree address, perhaps the greatest part of the home, is that a vacant lot sits directly beside it. Yes, I had to see for myself, too. The lot already has its own tax map number, should someone decide to build a lovely home one day.

For now, the lot serves as a large boxwood garden which was formed and planted by the Columbia Garden Club years ago. The vacant lot is identical in size to the occupied lot.

Adjacent to 5 Points, Wales Garden is one of Columbia’s premiere neighborhoods. Known to some as “The River Streets,” it is also one of Columbia’s oldest. Stroll a block towards the University, and you will find yourself at an old horse fountain. Pretty cool.

The home and vacant lot, are offered for $837,500.

What In The World Is Going On?

Well…, I guess “Business Happens.”
Three of America’s biggest brands have either gone bankrupt, or purchased, in the last few months.

I realize, business happens. For anyone born in the ’70’s,…we’re not used to this. Anyone born when I was, doesn’t know anything else than America being #1, in everything. When companies like this fall, it’s pretty incomprehensible.
Having said this, I guess we’d better grow up and recognize that nothing is impenatrable, and everything is “on the table”.

Ike Effects Columbia Stations Tonight

U.S. Refinery District Up Ike Creek, Without a Paddle

When I was showing a house today, my clients dad told me that a gas wholesaler was having trouble finding gas in Bamberg. Needless to say, I filled up on the way back from King’s Grant.
Within two hours, 4 people texted/emailed me that gas stations around Columbia had capped them, at 10 gallons per car. My brother reported that the Sam’s pumps were completely packed.
Someone else reported that they watched prices spike $.50, while they were sitting in the parking lot.
I happened to drive by Young’s on Devine St. tonight, and the pumps were packed at 10:00 and 11:30 pm.
Below, is part of a FOXNews.com excerpt; Not a good report.
We’ll see what happens on Friday, and over the weekend. Having said all of this, I’m glad I filled up, before the oil hits the big fan in the gulf. FJ

FOXNews.com; The oil and gas industry was closely watching the storm because it was headed straight for the nation’s biggest complex of refineries and petrochemical plants. The upper Texas coast accounts for one-fifth of U.S. refining capacity.

Wholesale gasoline prices spiked 30 percent Thursday, or nearly $1 a gallon, out of fear of what Ike might do. That means motorists can expect higher prices at the pump, though how much higher depends largely on how long refineries are shuttered after the storm.

Exxon Mobil Corp., Valero Energy Corp., ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil Co. began halting operations as Ike closed in. Dow Chemical Co. started closing up its enormous Freeport complex, home to 75 plants producing some 27 billion pounds of chemical products each year.